Pinterest Junkie

Thumb TackThere’s no count down for me on my guilty pleasures. I’m completely hooked on Pinterest. It’s just that simple. It started so innocently, you see. Just a few pins here and there. Then there were people who actually liked my pins and pinned them to their boards. What a thrill of anonymous approval. Oh, and then people started following my boards. Squee!! They like me, they like me, they really, really like me.

Cue the record scratching sound effect. Okay, they like my pins. But, hey, it’s still a great feeling when someone else loves the same things you do. I’ll be the first to raise my hand and admit I’m Laura Frantz’s number one Pinterest pin stalker. She’s got amazing pins!!

Pin sharing adoration aside, I have found a whole new world through Pinterest. It’s not just a wasted past-time for me. My first big find was for a ‘home-made’ laundry soap to use since I am dye and fragrance sensitive. It really has saved me tons of money on laundry soap, and I can trust the ingredients. Find that wonderful recipe here.

I also found different ways to make stepping stones for the memory garden hubs and I planted this year. It did take me three tries to Psalms 119105find the method that worked, but I think they turned out great. The photo on the right was taken in July and I used PicMonkey to doll it up a bit.

My biggest find was a project I’m still working on (and is a total secret!) for Christmas gifts. Not only have I gotten hooked on Pinterest, I’m completely ga-ga over Kathy Orta’s scrapbook creations. Check Kathy’s website Paper Phenomenon out here, or look her up on You Tube where she has numerous step by step tutorials posted.

I must warn you though, it’s an expensive habit, scrapbooking. So, I turned to You Tube for tutorial videos on how to save money and make things like alcohol inks way cheaper than the more expensive professional brands. Thanks to You Tube I found out that Big Lots is one of the best places to find odd little scrapbooking accessories for a fraction of the cost elsewhere. It’s probably a good thing I don’t live in the city or I’d be broke.

Who else is a Pinterest Junkie?

Since we know most of our Inksper friends have reading on their list of guilty pleasures, we’re giving away a (gently used) copy of Sarah Sundin’s On Distant Shores to one lucky reader this week, and a copy of Laura’s Love’s Awakening to another reader. Every time you leave a comment over the next two weeks, your name will be entered. The two winners will be chosen after midnight on Friday, Sept. 20 and posted on Saturday!

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27 thoughts on “Pinterest Junkie”

  1. Oh Pinterest, you black hole of time. 🙂 I was hooked on it for about 4 months then I got too busy to look at it. LOL, best short lived addiction ever. I only hop on about once every month for a specific search on something. It’s a great place to find inspiration!
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  2. Susan, I’m afraid I’ve been completely swallowed by the vortex that is Pinterest. It is a great place for inspiration!

  3. Dawn, Love this post! I am so completely enamored with Pinterest that I could flush all other social media down the loo! I don’t even think of P as social media, really. It’s such a wondrous, beautiful, changing, ever learning place. Ok. I’ll stop gushing. You get the picture. Back to pinning, lol…

  4. Love the stepping stones Dawn. Very pretty. I still haven’t gotten into Pinterest and it sound like I’m really missing alot. One of these days. I buy scrapbooking gifts from Big Lots often. I’m not a scrapper, not that organized, but I have lots of friends who are and they love scrapper stuff for gifts.

  5. I love pinterest, but I get lost in it. I have an account but…I don’t know, I just meander around and get lost. I’m pathetic. Did find some great ideas for making furntirue out of wooden palettes though. Uber cool. 🙂

  6. Rose, it is addictive. And there are so many things out there to meander through. Yeah, not everyone has the time or patience.

  7. Kav, I’ve seen them. I just have to get the palettes first. 🙂

    I did get great ideas on composting also. I find lots of recipes also (since I’m kitchen-challenged) and most have passed the chef hubby test.

  8. Dawn, Pinterest is really cool though I try not to go on it too often. I think I could easily become addicted. I will have to check out your links too. I made homemade laundry soap once or twice and may have to try it again.

  9. Shari, I love this soap. It gets things clean (although I still use Shout on John’s uniforms and on grass stains) and the smell is mild because of the ingredients. No problems with irritating my skin either. Otherwise I’m buying the more expensive Free and Clear kinds.

  10. I think Pinterest is wonderful, but I avoid it because of my lack of self-control. I plan to spend more time on it this winter. My daughter helps me find my way around, though.

    Dawn, I’ve seen your creations and they are great!

  11. Lorna, I do restrict myself like the times I sit with hubs watching football (he’s watching football, I’m NOT watching football but on the computer). Gives me something to smile about when hubs is flustered at the players. 🙂

  12. I’m sort of like Kav in that I’m on Pinterest but I’m still not sure I have a clue what I’m doing. I’d better check out your boards, Dawn. All your enthusiasm is catching!!

  13. Ah, Pinterest . . . we meet there often, don’t we, my friend? :)My husband teased me incessantly about “Pinterest-ing,” until I started finding, and making, some of the amazing recipes I found on there! LOL

  14. Regina, it was funny a couple months ago when hubby asked me to go on Pinterest to find a new recipe. He says I find the best ones on there (except for the couple I’ve gotten from Lorna, of course!). So now when he teases me about browsing Pinterest, I joke that if I don’t I won’t find anything good for the next week if he doesn’t stop. 😀 !!

  15. Like Kav & Stacy, I don’t understand much about how to use Pinterest. I have an account, but haven’t done anything with it. I do enjoy picking up tips that family & friends have gotten from there & post on FB. If I studied how to use it, I’m sure I would love it – which would be bad, as I spend too much time on blogs already!

  16. Hi Bonnie! I didn’t know how to use it at first either. It took me a couple of weeks to get the hang of things. Just like anything, it just takes a little practice!!

  17. I’ve resisted getting a pinterest account since I know too many people who are addicted….as it is, I barely have enough time to do all the things I’m suppose to do.
    But I have enjoyed seeing pictures of things that friends have created (food, crafts) and enjoyed.

  18. Welcome Amanda! I probably have too much time on my hands, lol! However I love seeing what my friends and family come up with also. It’s fun trading pins.

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